Never has Groundhog day meant so much to so many people as day after day the same routine repeats. I keep thinking about Dante’s 9 circles of hell. Which circle are we in right now and how far down will we have to go and what happens if we do reach that 9th circle? Are we in the first one still, Limbo? Or have we descended already into number 5 which is Anger?
Tom and I were hanging out on circle #1 when we decided to watch a movie. Tom was scrolling through our choices when he stumbled on “Once Upon a Time in the West. It was made in 1968 and Tom said “I think this is a classic.” “How can it be a classic” I said, “I’ve never heard of it.” Then he said “Let’s watch it.” I wasn’t excited but I agreed. That movie plunged us headlong into circle #2, Lust, until I realized what that meant so we had to plunge down even further. I have never seen a movie so awful. Tom said “I’m sure it gets better, there has to be some action soon.” There was not. We watched almost an hour before turning it off. I looked up the movie as it was that bad and it turns out the Library of Congress preserved it in the National Film Registry as being historically significant. I would rather scrub my deck again and again over watching that. It was a box office flop by the way. I blame this on Tom of course as it was his pick. I get the next pick and I’m thinking either “Sound of Music” or “Frozen.”
As we plunged into circle 3 what I see is horrifying. It’s endless TV sets on an endless loop of Tom Brady and the grumpy lobster boat captain Bill Belichick, winning 6 Super Bowls. If you don’t read Jason Gay, the Wall Street Journal’s sports writer, you will not have heard his nickname for the New England Patriot’s head coach, Bill Belichick. A more perfect nickname I have never heard. And if the New England Patriots Super Bowls are only on circle #3, I can’t imagine what horrors await on circle #4.
Did you hear that the Government of Malaysia on Facebook asked the women of the country not to nag their husband during this crisis and to please try to look nice by wearing make up and dress nicely by not wearing home clothes. This cracked me up and they got a lot of push back, enough that they had to take the post down. But, are you wearing “home” clothes during this crisis? I am. Mine consist of a red turtleneck if it’s cold, or a pink short sleeved shirt if it’s warm, under my dark grey sweatshirt and my light grey jeans. The other day I was forced to wash the outfit and I was lost as to what to wear. So far, no complaints from Tom.
Any good movies? Do you have home clothes? What level of Dante’s circles are you on?